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Wade Davis

Former NFL Cornerback; LGBT Advocate; Executive Director, You Can Play Project; Co-Creator, This is Luv Campaign

Former NFL Cornerback; LGBT Advocate; Executive Director, You Can Play Project; Co-Creator, This is Luv Campaign

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Wade Davis Biography

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and writer on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is currently the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and has consulted for companies including Google, Procter & Gamble, Viacom, and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Wade coaches senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs and develop their employee population.

Wade is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, and serves on the boards of MeToo International, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the MAD Foundation, Promundo, the Peace Studio, and Sparks + Honey. Wade is also a Global Champion for Girl Up, a program of the United Nations Foundation.

Wade’s work to engage, educate, and help men understand what actions to take toward gender equality has included partnerships with the Ms. Foundation and Ebony Magazine where he launched the #BlackMenAndFeminism campaign and with the Ms. Foundation For Women’s #MyFeminismIs campaign. Understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, Wade built a ‘Men’s Gender Equality Development’ leadership program that launched with the United Nations in 2018.

Wade was the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and has consulted for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia. Wade created league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, led inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, as well as built and launched national engagement initiatives.

In addition to his work in sports and corporate culture and leadership, Wade consults with entertainment industry leaders, including Fox, Viacom, and NBC. A frequent guest on podcasts and as a commentator for various news programs, Wade’s work in media has also included consulting on Oscar winner John Ridley’s series, American Crime, where he also filmed a co-star role.

A former national surrogate for President Obama, Wade has been an Adjunct Professor at both the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. Wade gave his first TEDx Talk at the University of Florida entitled: The Mask of Masculinity, and works to engage men through a variety of vehicles to become more self-reflective and divest in patriarchal practices. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally.

Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics. He is currently at work on his first book.

Wade Davis Speaking Topics

  • LGBT & Sports: The Coming Out Process

    As a former NFL player and one of the few openly gay former professional athletes, Wade shares his own coming out process and the work he does as an LGBT consultant for the NFL and as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization with partnership with including the NHL, MLS, CFL and others.

  • At Risk vs. At Promise: Defining Inner City Youth

    When working in marginalized communities, the words and the language that we use matters, and how we talk about the young people we are trying to impact can determine how we show up – as social justice advocates or as saviors. Do we see their promise? Do we see them as we look at ourselves in the mirror? While working with marginalized youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, teaching at the Harvey Milk High School, and creating the country’s only inner city LGBT sports camp, Wade explains how to embody this idea of fictive kinship and see the promise in young people.

  • Masculinity: An Imaginary Friend

    How do you define masculinity? Wade defines masculinity as an imaginary friend, and if left unchecked, masculinity can be highly toxic. Through his teachings and training, he’s learned we must do the work to unlearn the seductive nature of sexism and toxic masculinity, and move to create space for all without stigma and shame being attached. Wade talks about the work he’s done to undo the constraints of perceived masculinity, and move forward in a positive way.

  • Intentional Diversity & Inclusion

    Have we emptied the true meaning of intersectionality by only changing the optics of organizations, without understanding the structural and institutional challenges that go unnoticed? Through practical and tangible examples, see how Wade can help your business evolve into a space where diversity and inclusion become part of your organizational DNA.

  • Sexism: How Ending Sexist Oppression Will Free Men

    Far too often we imagine that ending sexism impacts only women. Yet if we re-imagine the gender roles and expand our understanding of masculinity and femininity, men benefit from the expansion: how they can show up in the world without the pressures of performing toxic forms of hyper masculinity. Wade explores his own dialog with feminism, tools to be pro-active about ending the sexist dialog, and leads conversation around the topic.

Wade Davis Videos

  • Wade Davis: Women’s Equality Is A Man’s Game Too
    The Tory Burch Foundation’s Embrace Ambition Summit: Challenging Stereotypes and Creating New Norms presented by Bank of America was held in New...
  • 2019 Points of Light Conference: Wade Davis
    Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality.
  • How to Be a Male Ally
    Amid the rapid changes that #MeToo has provoked, there are new challenges to gender dynamics at work — some promising, and some alarming. What can...

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Wade Davis is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as LGBT & Sports: The Coming Out Process, At Risk vs. At Promise: Defining Inner City Youth, Masculinity: An Imaginary Friend, Intentional Diversity & Inclusion and Sexism: How Ending Sexist Oppression Will Free Men. The estimated speaking fee range to book Wade Davis for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Wade Davis generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Chella Man, Katie Sowers and Angelica Ross. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wade Davis for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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